Executive Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Executive Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks a visionary leader to serve as the next Executive Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Building on its excellent reputation as Chicago's public research university, the Executive Director (ED) will oversee an array of federal, state and institutional programs. The University seeks candidates who are innovative and accomplished leaders in their field and have a strong commitment to excellence and high-quality customer service.

Position Summary
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Executive Director leads the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) by establishing, implementing and evaluating financial aid operations, programs and processes for the campus. The ED oversees the administration of federal, state, and institutional aid, approximately $500 million disbursed to over 23,000 students. He or she serves as the main consultant to university administrators on financial aid related matters and compliance issues and serves as a key member and consultant to the campus Financial Aid Committee (FAC). With over 30 employees and 5 direct reports the ED has responsibility for all financial aid areas as well as scholarships. Reporting directly to the ED include the Associate Directors of Student Services, Reconciliation, Special Programs as well as the Director of the SFA for the College of Medicine, and the Coordinator of IT and Systems Programming.

Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Financial Aid
The Office of Student Financial Aid is nested inside the Division of Student Affairs as it is a critical component of the student experience. Student Affairs provides access to excellence by offering students a wide range of out-of-class experiences that build skills in preparation for high levels of academic achievement. The staff works diligently to remove barriers to success and the OSFA is an integral part of that system.

About the University of Illinois at Chicago
Located in the heart of one of the world's great cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the region. As Chicago's only public research university with 29,000 students, 15 colleges, a hospital and a health sciences system, UIC provides access to excellence and opportunity. Here real-world problems are solved through innovation and discovery.

By almost every measure, UIC is a key driver in the economic vitality of the city and the state and in fiscal year 2013, UIC added $4 billion to the Illinois economy. UIC also leaves its mark on the city and state as the second largest university employer in Chicago and is invested in the community by providing free health care to under-served populations.

UIC further strives to expand its impact by supporting and sustaining innovation on campus. Through IllinoisVentures, LLC and EnterpriseWorks Chicago, UIC provides inventors and innovators with the funding and the structure to help drive ideas forward that will have a positive impact on its community, its city, the state of Illinois, and the world. For more information regarding the University of Illinois at Chicago, please visit www.uic.edu.

In this role, the Executive Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will:

  • Interpret and implement complex federal and state regulations regarding student financial aid for the University;
  • As part of the Student Affairs leadership team, provide direction regarding the administration and disbursement of student financial aid, financial aid issues related to student application and enrollment processes, scholarship administration, regulatory compliance, and the standards of best practice in the field of student financial aid;
  • Establish strategic goals and objectives for the Office of Student Financial Aid and provide leadership and oversight for the operations and activities of the Office of Student Financial Aid;
  • Oversee the University's compliance with appropriate National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), institutional, state, and federal regulations affecting financial aid processes;
  • Serve as the primary contact for the University with external groups including the Department of Education for information and problem resolution related to student financial aid.

For a complete list of responsibilities please click on this link: Position Profile http://storbeckpimentel.com/resources/uploads/institution/UIC_-_Executive_Director_FAS_-_Position_Profile.pdf.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Master's degree in business, higher education, or a related field;
  • In depth understanding of federal, state, and NCAA regulations regarding the administration of student financial aid. Strong fiscal competency;
  • Minimum of ten years' experience including supervisory experience in a financial aid department is required;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse student population;
  • Effective leadership and management skills.

Application and Nomination Process
1. Applicants must submit a current resume and cover letter. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submission of materials through the applicant portal listed below ensures confidentiality and is required.

2. Applications should be submitted on line to www.highereddecisions.com/hedcs.

Included in this submission should be a cover letter, CV or resume, and a list of references. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)

3. Nomination letters should include the contact information of the nominee. All nominations will be handled in strict confidence and should be sent to Jan Asnicar at j.asnicar@storbeckpimentel.com.

4. Questions regarding this process can be directed to:

Jan M. Asnicar, Partner
(913) 339-8928

As an EOE/AA employer, the University of Illinois will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status.

The University of Illinois at Chicago may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.